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breaking news tonight. taking sides. donald trump taking aim at ted cruz. >> he's a nasty guy. nobody likes him. >> but tonight, key conservatives come out with their own message for trump. and hillary clinton and bernie sanders in a fierce battle for iowa tonight. the new fallout after those unexpected moments. the dangerous commute. the change reaction crashes. 95 million americans from the dakotas to virginia to maine in the grips of an arctic chill. and now, the next major system moving in. at this hour, the americans coming home, held prisoner in iran. but what about the one left behind? we hear from his family, right here tonight. gas prices in america, where it's under a dollar. the line of drivers. and is it here to stay? the oscar controversy. actress jada pinkett smith and her message to hollywood. the video now seen 5 million
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times and counting. and late word tonight, we remember a great. eagles legend glenn frey. good evening. and it's great to have you with us on this martin luther king jr. day. and we begin tonight with the final sprint to iowa. two weeks left now. on the republican side tonight, a war of words between the two men battling for that all-important first state. donald trump calling ted cruz a nasty guy, saying, no one likes him. and ted cruz tonight firing back, saying donald trump is clearly getting rattled by cruz's strength in iowa. and tonight, some well-known conservative voices have a message of their own for trump. abc's tom llamas is in iowa tonight, leading us off. >> reporter: just hours after taking aim at senator ted cruz, donald trump today quoting scripture at jerry falwell's evangelical liberty university. >> two corinthians right? two corinthians 3:17, that's the whole ball game.
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where the spirit of the lord, right? where the spirit of the lord is, there is liberty. >> reporter: but on "this week," trump with these insults. >> he's a nasty guy. nobody likes him. >> reporter: trump also blasting cruz for slamming wall street while failing to disclose he took out a million dollars in big bank loans to fund his senate race. >> oh, he's a total hypocrite. he wants to look like robin hood. that he's the one protecting the people from the banks when he's actual libor roeing money and personally guaranteeing it and not disclosing it, which is illegal. >> reporter: today, cruz tweeting this video in response to being called nasty. ♪ nasty boys ♪ don't mean a thing to me >> reporter: cruz says he's getting under trump's skin. >> he seems to be a little rattled. >> reporter: but his campaign hammering trump's quote "new york values" all weekend releasing this 1999 video, trump
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in his own words. >> i lived in new york city and manhattan all my life. so, my views are a little different than if i lived in iowa, perhaps. >> i'm very pro-choice. and again, it may be a little bit of a new york background. >> reporter: that message now hitting home. today some prominent conservatives questioning trump. >> there are a lot of conservatives who think that he's a wolf in sheep's clothing. that he's a traditional, lifetime new yorker. and that means something. there are all kinds of conservatives with suspicions of donald trump. >> and tom llamas is now live from inside cruz headquarters in des moines. tom, ted cruz, donald trump are head a neck and neck in iowa. what is the ground game? >> reporter: take a look. every single person is on a phone. they hope to make 12,000 calls a day here in iowa. and staffers and strategists are convinced this is how you win the hawkeye state, with the ground game. that said, trump is here tomorrow. three stops, including his first
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stop, which is in john wayne's hometown. he's hoping to make the argument he's the gop's real hero. >> all right, tom, thank you. to the democratic side tonight, where there is also a bitter fight for iowa this evening. hillary clinton and bernie sanders now neck and neck. the clinton camp desperate to avoid a repeat of 2008 in the first key state. sanders last night railing against clinton's speaking fees from the big banks. clinton saying she's the only one who won't raise taxes on middle class families. and when sanders was asked whether president clinton's past should matter? here's what sanders said. abc's cecilia vega on the campaign trail tonight. >> reporter: today, bernie sanders saying those attaacks o the debate stage last night -- nothing personal. >> hillary clinton and i have different opinions. it's called democracy. but i'm not into personal attacks. tell me why. >> reporter: but the sharp words in south carolina -- >> let me give you an example. >> reporter: a sign of just how tight this race is and the bitter battle ahead. for hillary clinton, the strategy boiled down to one
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word. >> president obama has led our country out of the great recession. that is one of the greatest accomplishments of president obama. i'm going to defend president obama for taking on wall street. >> reporter: she referenced president obama 13 times, trying to tap into his pop ewe lawyerty with the democratic base. last night, clinton also making a big push for african-american voters, supporting black lives matter and addressing that water crisis in flint, michigan. >> i think every single american should be outraged. we've had a city in the united states of america, where the population, which is poor in many ways, and majority african-american, has been drinking and bathing in lead-contaminated water. >> reporter: sanders coming down hard on clinton with his key issue -- wall street's hold on washington. >> secretary clinton, and you're not the only one. so, i don't mean to just point the finger at you. you've received over $600,000 in speaking fees from gdman sachs
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in one year. >> reporter: promising not to throw any personal punches at her husband, but when asked if bill clinton's past should matter -- >> i cannot walk down the street, secretary clinton knows this, without being told how much i have to attack secretary 've been through this. yes, his behavior was deplorable. have i ever once said a word about that issue? no, i have not. i'm going to debate secretary clinton, governor o'malley on the issues facing the american people, not bill clinton's personal behavior. >> reporter: and hillary clinton was asked last night, what kind of role her husband would play in her administration, she said, his place in the white house would start with her right at the kitchen table and they would figure it out from there. david? >> cecilia vega tonight. cecilia, thank you. we're going to turn now to the cold sweeping across the country tonight. and the next major storm system moving in. there could be a major storm by the end of the week. snow included. but already tonight, 95 million americans dealing with the cold and tough driving already.
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a 14-car pileup in yonkers, new york, multiple injuries reported. and deadly driving in the last 24 hours. this chain reaction crash on i-94 in michigan. also this evening, a treacherous drive on i-90 outside cleveland. let's get to rob marciano on this system and what's coming later in the week. >> reporter: talk about the cold first. bitter stuff moving in. look at the wind chills for the morning. temps that will feel like they are below zero in boston and d.c. 17 below in chicago. late effect snow machine, all the lakes pumping it out here. this is later than usual, because it's been so warm. could see a foot in spots in that snow zone. and then this storm system that we're closely watching for friday and saturday, the bigger cities in the east coast, we could see some major snow with this. we'll drill down the details as we go throughout the week. >> all right, rob, thank you, as always. in the meantime, we move on, this evening, one american is home, several others on the way after being held prisoner in iran. among them, a journalist, a pastor, a former marine.
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this image of the men as they make their journey back. tonight, skyping with family back home here in the united states, and our team, right there at that u.s. base in germany. it's still unclear when they'll board that plane home. abc's chief white house correspondent jonathan karl tonight on how this all happened, and in a moment, the american who was not included. >> reporter: free at last. "washington post" reporter jason rezaian reunited with his family at a u.s. military base in germany, after spending 544 days in prison. here, alongside his wife and brother, ali, who spoke to abc's alex marquardt. >> he's definitely lost some weight. but you know, he was joking, we were joking around. we were having a good time. you know, and really did act the same. >> reporter: former marine amir hekmati reunited with his family and congressman after enduring more than four years in prison. and pastor saeed abedini's family celebrating his freedom after three and a half years. >> i told my kids, i will woke them up and i said, daddy's
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released from prison, you're going see him soon. >> reporter: student matthew trevithick, greeted by his mother in boston, is the first back to the u.s. all this after a dramatic 24 hours. noon saturday, the u.s. confirms the prisoner exchange. four hours later, the iran nuclear deal goes into effect, sanctions lifted. but the plane doesn't leave. iran won't let jason rezaian's wife join him. sunday morning, iran finally agrees to allow rezaian's wife to get on the plane. while the plane is still in the air, the u.s. government announces it is paying $1.7 billion to the iranian government to settle an old financial dispute. >> and jonathan karl live with us from the white house. as you know, so many questions about the seven iranians who were part of this prisoner swap. four pardoned, three, their sentences commuted. people want to know, obviously, were their dangerous, do they pose a risk in being returned to iran? >> reporter: david, the white house says that none of those seven freed iranians had any ties to terrorism, but four of
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them were convicted on charges related to smuggling military equipment to iran, so, these were not trivial charges, david. >> jon karl, thank you. a mentioned a moment ago, the american left behind, robert levinson. the former fbi agent, disappearing in iran in 2007. tonight, his family wants answers. and just a short time ago, abc's chief investigative correspondent brian ross sat down with levinson's wife christine, his son, that they never got a call from the white house. they heard about it on television. >> i'm very disappoint ed and feel extremely betrayed by them. they have done nothing to get in touch with me, other than after i asked them to. >> reporter: your father is the american left behind. >> absolutely. >> correct. >> who was serving his country and his country hasn't done its duty to get him home. >> reporter: mrs. levinson, do you consider whether bob might have died in captivity? >> no.
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i will never consider that until i have proof. i believe every day he's trying to come home to our family. we will never give up. >> brian ross reporting tonight. u.s. officials tell abc news levinson was part of the negotiations and they still do not know why levinson ultimately was not included. back here at home tonight, and to those plunging gas prices in some cities and towns, dropping below $1 a gallon. in michigan, 84 cents a gallon. a short time later, dropping even lower. of course, the lines forming, the prices dropping. and abc's chief business correspondent rebecca jarvis on all the gas prices tonight. >> reporter: tonight, the ultimate price war at the pump. drivers lining up at that gas station in michigan could barely believe their eyes. prices slashed from 84 cents to just 47 cents a gallon. across the street, customers snapped pictures of the competition at just 54 crepts. >> there were lines of cars waiting to get gas. people filling up gas cans.
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it was kind of unbelievable to see gas that cheap. >> reporter: the national average for a gallon of regular tonight, $1.89. the cheapest gas since march of 2009. great news for consumers. >> puts extra money in my pocket. >> reporter: but a concern for energy companies and energy jobs. this woman lost her job at an oil company this month. >> i can't say i was overly shocked, only because of the climate. it's been this way for months. >> reporter: david, how much lower will prices go? gas buddy predicts they'll fall another 10 to 20 cents this week and americans will save $17 billion at the pump this year. david? >> that's good news. rebecca, thank you. now, to the state of emergency we've been reporting on here in flint, michigan. dozens more national guardsmen deployed tonight, as outrage grows over the drinking water there. contaminated with lead for more than a year and tonight, authorities feeling the heat over what they knew and when. here's abc's eva pilgrim now. >> reporter: more national guard
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troops are pouring into flint today to help pass out water and filters, part of the added response in the city's con name nated water crisis, after president obama declared a state of emergency. many calling for michigan governor rick synder's resignation, and even his arrest. >> somebody needs to go to jail. >> reporter: even hillary clinton weighing in during last night's democratic debate, saying every american should be outraged. the governor today, "politicizing the issue doesn't help matters. let's focus in on the solution." the state now under investigation after it changed its water source, exposing 100,000 residents to toxic levels of lead. the scandal erupting as e-mails as far back as april come to light, showing officials were many anyone lating the data, but didn't publicly admit toxic levels for another five months. david, tomorrow, more families are expected to join that class action lawsuit against the state and the city. david? >> eva pilgrim tonight, thank
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you. and welcome to the team. we turn now to late word today about a music legend. eagles guitarist and cofounder glenn frey has died at the age of 67. the rock and roll hall of famer, the man and his music, being remembered tonight, and here's abc's david wright. >> reporter: for eagles fans, a huge heartache tonight, as the band announced with the heaviest of hearts, the passing of our comrade. glenn frey cowrote and sang some of the biggest hits, including "take it easy." ♪ take it easy >> reporter: frey co-wrote "desperado." the two co-wrote the band's most famous tune -- ♪ hotel california >> reporter: frey arrived in california in the late 1960s from motown. tonight, they said glenn was the one that started it all. rest in peace, my brother.
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david wright, abc news, new york. >> david, thank you. and there is still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this monday. the growing oscar controversy. big names boycotting the oscars. stars nominated for academy awards, but there is outrage over those not on the list. tonight, actress jada pinkett smith and her message to hollywood, and her video now seen 5 million times and counting and you'll see it after the break. also this evening, the grocery store giant announcing a recall tonight. product pulled from shelves in at least 30 states. we'll have it for you. and then, that stunning moment on the basketball court. the college player intentionally tripping the referee. the game on the line during that moment, and tonight, we've just learned of action against the player. we'll be right back. to capture investing ideas that instantly gives you stock prices, earnings, and dividends... an equity summary score that consolidates the stock ratings of top analysts into a single score... and $7.95 online u.s. equity trades,
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>> reporter: tonight, more stars choose martin luther king day to take a stand about the lack of diversity in this year's academy award nominations. >> i will not be at the academy awards and i won't be watching. >> reporter: on facebook today, jada pinkett smith expressing her plans to boycott the show. also not attending? director spike lee, who, today, released a statement questioning, how is it possible for the second consecutive year, all 20 contenders under the actor category are white? the hash tag oscars so white is trending again, with the revelation for the second year in a row, only white actors have been considered for the most coveted award in hollywood. snubbed for nominations this year? idris elba, will smith and michael b. jordan. in fact, the only nominee from "creed's" predominantly black cast is sylvester stallone. who decides the nominees? it's a long-held secret. but in 2012, los angeles times investigation found academy voters are nearly 94% caucasian
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and 77% male, with blacks only accounting for about 2%. the big screen has a lot of catching up to do when it comes to tv, where a record 18 black performers were nominated last year for emmy awards. david? >> lynn dee davis tonight for us. thank you. when we come back tonight, the major recall in at least 30 states tonight. also, the dramatic coast guard rescue. the race against time. two men trapped in a boat taking on water. and something happening in the night sky this week. a parade of planets, five of them in a row, for all of us to see. incredible. when we come back. (bear growls)
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finally tonight here, on this martin luther king jr. holiday, a rare recording of king's 1964 nobel peace prize lecture, on nonviolence, on dignity, on equality. >> nonviolence is a powerful and just weapon. indeed, it is a weapon unique in history, which cuts without wounding and ennobles a man who wields it. >> reporter: then, king's declaration that the fight for civil rights was far from over.
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>> the demand for dignity, equality, jobs and citizenship will not be abandoned or deluded or postponed. if that means resistance and conflict, we shall not flinch. we shall now be cowed. we are no longer afraid. >> reporter: and he would end this way. >> free at last, free at last. thank god almighty, we are free at last. thank you. >> and we thank you for watching on this holiday. i'm david muir. i hope to see you right back here tomorrow night. good night. it's america's game!
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